Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) - Combat it with healthy living, supplements, and home remedies!
PAWS symptoms, or Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, can last for months after the acute period of the detox is over. So, it is recommended to start an exercise routine, continue taking supplements along with a healthy diet, and find a support network that will help you stay clean.
Don't let this deter you from getting clean! All of these symptoms will gradually get better. The most dramatic improvement will be after one week (after acute symptoms subside).
One of the most important obstacles to beginning detox and the recovery process is your decision to make a commitment to heal your mind, body, and spirit. You wouldn't be on this website if not for an interest in managing opiate withdrawal symptoms. Don't be deterred by PAWS - I am a recovering addict myself and it truly does get better. If you take good care of yourself you can live a life beyond your wildest dreams.
Thoughts and Your Brain
If you have trouble thinking clearly after quitting long-term opiate use, you're not alone. You may have trouble with abstract thinking, and you may also suffer from repetitive thinking. Your thoughts may not be as 'orderly' as usual.
Eat chocolate and candy! It has a mild effect on endorphins. Your body needs to start producing natural endorphins again, and eating chocolate is a great way to do that. Experiments with lab mice show that sugary sweet foods reduced cravings after researchers stopped providing morphine to the mice.
Exercise is, by far, the best and most natural way to produce endorphins again. Even if you don’t feel like it due to the fatigue, just make yourself walk around the block a few times. Aerobic activity is most helpful, and activities such as yoga and weight lifting are also quite helpful. Some light weight lifting in particular has been shown to help with the RLS (restless leg syndrome).
It takes anywhere from 6 to 24 months to fully repair your central nervous system. Healthy habits, supplements, diet, and exercise cuts this time down. If you're having trouble thinking clearly, remembering things, reacting to emotional or tense situations in a tense or numb fashion, being physically uncoordinated, or having trouble sleeping, these are all symptoms of PAWS.
Short-term memory problems are common during withdrawal. One supplement that has been shown to help with memory is ginkgo biloba.